Playing For Time - Three Days In May 1940

Over the May Bank Holiday in 1940, Churchill -who had been Prime Minister for a fortnight and was having to face up to the greatest defeat of the British Army at Dunkirk - was challenged by the War Cabinet over the way he was conducting the war.

If he lost the argument he would lose the premiership.

The fate of Britain hung in the balance.

This new to BBC 7 dramatic play was written by Robin Glendinning and stars Robert Hardy, Ronald Pickup, Bill Wallis, Geoffrey Whitehead and Michael Fenton Stevens.

First broadcast in May 2004 on Radio 4 and produced by Jeremy Howe.

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Over the May Bank Holiday in 1940, Churchill -who had been Prime Minister for a fortnight and was having to face up to the greatest defeat of the British Army at Dunkirk - was challenged by the War Cabinet over the way he was conducting the war.

If he lost the argument he would lose the premiership.

The fate of Britain hung in the balance.

This new to BBC 7 dramatic play was written by Robin Glendinning and stars Robert Hardy, Ronald Pickup, Bill Wallis, Geoffrey Whitehead and Michael Fenton Stevens.

First broadcast in May 2004 on Radio 4 and produced by Jeremy Howe.Documentary drama about the War Cabinet convened over a three-day period at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation.

Documentary drama about the War Cabinet convened over a three-day period at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation.

by Robin Glendinning.

Over the May Bank Holiday, Churchill, who had been Prime Minister for a fortnight and was having to face up to the greatest defeat of the British Army at Dunkirk, was challenged by the War Cabinet over the way he was conducting the war.

Winston Churchill....Robert Hardy

Lord Halifax....Ronald Pickup

Neville Chamberlain....Jeremy Child

Clement Atlee....Bill Wallis

Arthur Greenwood....Geoffrey Whitehead

John Martin....David Leonard

Signor Bastianini....Michael Fenton Stevens

Paul Reynaud....Roland Oliver

General Ismay....Mark Buffery.

Directed by Jeremy Howe

The War Cabinet challenges Winston Churchill over May bank holiday weekend 1940.

Facing defeat in Dunkirk, the War Cabinet challenges Winston Churchill over May bank holiday weekend 1940. Stars Robert Hardy